Big Magic: Taking Calligraphy Out of the Box — Sherrie Lovler

Sherrie Lovler
2.5 days
Intermediate to Advanced
$10 materials fee

Instructor Bio
Sherrie Lovler learned calligraphy in high school and has continued studying and advancing her art since then. Her two most important teachers have been Hermann Zapf, who taught her about precision and Dick Beasley, who taught her about freedom.  She has a BA in Studio Art and has been teaching for over 30 years, including accredited classes at Northern Arizona University, International Calligraphy Conferences, Ghost Ranch, La Romita School of Art in Italy, and Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Her work has been published in The Art & Craft of Hand Lettering, Letter Arts Review Annual Juried issues, Bound and Lettered, and many other books and journals. Her abstract paintings have been shown in solo exhibitions and many juried and group shows. Her newest book, On Softer Ground: Paintings, Poems and Calligraphy, won a Gold Award for Most Outstanding Book Design of the Year for 2016 from Independent Publishers IPPY Awards. Her work can be seen at

Class Description
The marks we make doing calligraphy can be strong, fluid, sensuous, and downright yummy. Each lettering style has a distinct personality that creates a unique mood. In this class, we will explore the different traits and general structures of pointed brush lettering, Roman capitals and Neuland, to gather the essence of each style to develop abstract paintings based on calligraphic form.

We will not actually be creating letters, but through a series of exercises, we will study the letters’ shapes, spaces, colors, and shades of light to find a personal connection with them. Working with various tools, gestures, our senses, and intuition, we will discover the images, thoughts, and feelings that spontaneously arise within us in relation to each lettering style. We will allow these images to guide our marks on the page and follow the expression of these marks to complete works of art and a book that each participant will make.

Lessons on the elements and principles of design, and using color, will be woven into the fabric of this workshop; so even those with no formal art training can learn this process of using familiar letter styles as a portal into the exciting world of artistic expression.

Supply List
• 2 sheets black Canson or Strathmore paper
• 1 sheet good, black paper (Black German Ingres, Hahnemuhle)
• 6 sheets of Arches Text Wove, 20” x 25” (or 3 of the 25 x 40)
• Flat brushes, ½”wide and 1” wide
• Bamboo brush, #10 or #12
• Pointed brushes, variety of sizes
• 2” wide natural bristle brushes (house painting) or foam brushes
• Mixing brushes: cheap, synthetic (white nylon), #4 or 5 round (Loew Cornell #795 round)
• Favorite pens, the larger the better
• Horizon Ultra-Suede Poster Pen 5/8″ or larger
• Moon Palace sumi ink
• Walnut ink
• At least 3 tubes gouache or watercolor: red, blue, and yellow
• Black gouache (ivory or jet)
• White gouache
• Breakable utility knife plus cardboard to cut on
• Scissors
• Palettes, at least 2 with six wells
• 2 containers (yogurt style with covers/lids) for ink
• Water containers
• Black Micron pen
• Notebook and pen for notes
• Glue stick
• Artist tape or masking tape

Optional: color pencils, pan pastels, or NuPastels